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In The First Violins — At Least For One Night

Thursday, March 20, 2014

A "pro-am" outreach experiment at the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra gives way to a burst of fun music-making: a one-performance, pop-up orchestra of professionals, students and amateurs of all ages.

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Fresh Air

For Opera Powerhouse Dolora Zajick, 'Singing Is Connected To The Body'

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

The mezzo-soprano discovered opera as a 22-year-old pre-med student. She took "a crack at a singing career" and has been at the Metropolitan Opera for 25 years. Now she's helping emerging singers.

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Bless You!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

A slapstick 18 seconds for your day, when a trombonist fights back a sneeze mid-performance — and fails miserably.

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Pitch Perfect: 3 Must-Hear Vocal Albums

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Sample a trio of new vocal albums ranging from a blistering Beethoven Mass to ancient Russian Orthodox traditions and an opulent but overlooked opera from the dawn of the 20th century.

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Timo Andres On Q2 Music's 'Spaces'

Monday, March 17, 2014

The composer's music strives to reconcile a fascination with the past with a stylish, pointillist craftsmanship. He says he takes the same care in surrounding himself with objects he loves.

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First Listen: The Bad Plus, 'The Rite Of Spring'

Sunday, March 16, 2014

A jazz trio plays the score to Igor Stravinsky's gloriously noisy, 101-year-old fever dream of a ballet as literally as possible — and still manages to sound like itself.

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How Irish Are You? A St. Paddy's Day Puzzler

Friday, March 14, 2014

Know your shamrocks from rock bands, crooners from composers? See how green you really are by taking this interactive St. Patrick's Day puzzler.

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Soundcheck

Not At SXSW? Don’t Worry, Be Busy

Monday, March 10, 2014

You couldn’t make it to South By Southwest this year? That’s okay. Soundcheck's John Schaefer didn’t go either. So, what shall we do this week, here in New York City -- which is suddenly only the second-best musical center in the country? Well, here are some suggestions.

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Gerard Mortier, A Polarizing Impresario Who Transformed Opera

Monday, March 10, 2014

Whether you love or hate his ideas about commissioning new works and updating the classics, this Belgian impresario shifted public expectations of a night at the opera — permanently.

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After A Bitter Struggle, DSO Brings 'Joy' To The People Again

Sunday, March 09, 2014

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra has struggled financially, but after much work, it's set itself on solid footing and become a bright spot in a struggling city.

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A Kid Named Carl Stirs Up The Bach Musical Dynasty

Saturday, March 08, 2014

On the 300th anniversary of his birth, hear how music by Johann Sebastian's son Carl Philipp Emanuel bridged the gap between the old-fashioned Baroque and newfangled music by Haydn and Mozart.

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Morning Edition

The Soul Of The World's Most Expensive Violin

Friday, March 07, 2014

After being stored under a bed for a half-century, a $16 million violin is now in the hands of Anne Akiko Meyers, who's recorded Vivaldi's vivid Four Seasons.

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Robert Ashley, Opera's Misunderstood Innovator, Dies At 83

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

The composer's operas for TV completely rethought the structures of the old European model for a new generation.

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First Listen: Augustin Hadelich, 'Sibelius, Adès: Violin Concertos'

Sunday, March 02, 2014

On his new album, the 29-year-old violinist finds connections between two seemingly disparate concertos by Jean Sibelius and Thomas Adès.

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All Things Considered

Philippe Jaroussky And The Impossibly High Male Voice

Sunday, March 02, 2014

The French opera singer takes on the repertoire of a famous 18th-century castrato. Jaroussky cuts a masculine figure on the cover of his new album, but you might do a double take upon hearing it.

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Operavore

Lanzapolooza! A Celebration of Mario Lanza

Saturday, March 01, 2014

Before the Academy Awards, this Saturday at 11:30 on WQXR host Marilyn Horne reviews the life of an opera star whose career was made by the movies.

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Music Takes Center Stage In Oscar-Nominated Documentaries

Friday, February 28, 2014

For this year's Academy Awards, three documentaries — 20 Feet from Stardom, The Square and The Lady in Number 6 — use musicians' lives and experiences to frame some very big ideas.

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And The Oscar Goes To ... Mr. 'Star Wars' Or Arcade Fire?

Thursday, February 27, 2014

If there's ever a stereotypical bunch of contenders for the Best Original Score Oscar, the class of 2014 definitely isn't it. Meet them — and see the haunting short that's a companion to Gravity.

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All Things Considered

Gil Shaham And When The World 'Got Much Smaller, Much Faster'

Monday, February 24, 2014

The star violinist's new multi-year project goes to the heart of a difficult and fascinating era: the 1930s, when dazzle and sorrow commingled musically.

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Soundcheck

The Fascinating History of Olympic Music

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Did you know that the Olympics used to have an arts competition? Or that iconic intro music we hear on tv is actually two seperate pieces? We talk with a self-proclaimed 'Olympic geek' about the long and storied background on the music of the games.

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